University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Mauro de Candia
February 20-23, 2012

Mauro de CandiaMauro de Candia first began dancing at the age of nine. After two brief stays with Scuola di Ballo della Scala (Milan) and Rudra of Bejart at Lausanne, he completed his professional training in 1998 at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco directed by Marika Besobrasova. The Academie fell under the governance of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, who awarded him the John Gilpin Scholarship.

Following his professional training, he departed Monte Carlo in August 2001 to join the Ballett der Staatsoper in Hannover. After just four months he was appointed soloist by director Stephan Thoss. During his career Mauro de Candia has danced leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and Marco Goecke among others.

Strongly bound to his land, in 1997 he founds Arte&BaliettO "a project of living" from which training projects, international events and a dance company will flow over the years. The artistic direction of Arte&BaliettO is the reflection of an uncommon personality. From 2003-05, Mauro de Candia was a guest choreographer at the Ballett der Staatsoper Hannover. During that time he also performed with his dance company Pneuma Dance Theater, appearing in major European and overseas theatres and festivals such as Quartier d'ete in Paris, Torino Danza, Le Temps d'Almer In Biarritz, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and the International Dance Festival in Venezuela.

Mauro de Candia has received critical acclaim and several prizes for his artistic work, including the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Premio dei Popoli Mediterranei, Premio Positano Leonlde Massine per la Danza and the Silver Medal offered by the President of the Italian Republic in June 2009. Mauro de Candia is the founder and the artistic director of ApuliArteFestival, as well as Premio Internazlonale ApuliArte.

Since 2003, in accordance with l'Academie de Danse Princesse Grace de Monaco, he has been the head of a training and support project for talented young people through a scholarship grant with Monegasque Academy. In March 2008, he was appointed Member of the Directive Council of the International ASSOCiation of Ecole de Danse Classique. Marika Besobrasova, Artistic Director of the Venice's Blennale Danza Ismael Ivo, commissioned a new work from Mauro de Candia and his dance company PDT for the Biennale of Venice 2008, which was received with great appreciation from the public and critics alike. Since the 2008 season, he was invited to create new works for Introdans, Royal Ballet of Flanders, TanzTheaterBraunschweig, Staatsballett Berlin and DanceCyprus.

In 2007, a German dance magazine named Mauro de Candia "young European Choreographer of the Year". His creation “Stillness of an Empty Move” for the Royal Ballet of Flanders won the Hapag Lloyd prize. Currently choreographer for the company Pneuma Dance Theater (Italy), this season he'll sign a new version of “Dangerous Liaisons” for the PDT, while Dutch Company Introdans and star dancer Vladimir Malakhov will both perform his male version of “Dying Swan.”


Beth Corning
October 17-28, 2011

Beth Corning Beth Corning (director, choreographer, dancer) has lived and traveled all over the world. From 1981- 83, she toured a solo repertory concert in the US and Europe called second take. In 1981, she began corning dances & company in Stockholm, Sweden where she attracted major artists, including members of The Cullberg Company, and in 1986, continued its success in the US, including several critically acclaimed seasons in New York City, and, from 1993 – 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her multi-disciplinary dancetheater productions are reknowned for their sophistication, clarity of theatrical concepts, visceral choreography, and dynamic musicality.

Corning has created and produced over 60 dancetheater works, including 18 full-evening productions, along with numerous commissioned works for companies such as Utah Repertory Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, Groundwork’s Dancetheater, Nye Carte Blanche – Norway’s premiere modern dance company, among others. In 1994, she was invited to return to Sweden to choreograph the feature-length film production of Stravinsky’s "The Rake’s Progress." Directed by the award-winning director Inger Åby, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen, it won the Prix d'Italia in 1995 and aired stateside on PBS in 1996.

In 2000, while still in Minneapolis, she created the award-winning series THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT — an annual production created on internationally and nationally renowned performers over the age of 40, where it garnered critical acclaim with sold-out productions through 2003. In 2010, she re-launched the series in Pittsburgh, PA where it again has been winning rave reviews.

Her work has been recognized by over 70 international and national grants, eight Artist Fellowships including a DanceMagazine Seed Grant Award and a NY Foundation for the Arts Choreographer’s Award. She was twice invited to Robert Redford’s dance film/video lab at Sundance Institute. Her work has been the subject matter of two TV documentaries, for Swedish National TV and for Iowa Public TV. She is recognized as a Master Teacher and has taught in major schools, conservatories, and universities here and abroad, including France, England and Scandinavia, and as guest company teacher for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, the Royal Norwegian Ballet Company and Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, among others.

In the fall of 2003, she was named Artistic/Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s premiere modern dance company Dance Alloy. During her 6-year tenure, she financially stabilized the company, re-established its national status, and presented 11 critically acclaimed seasons which included works by 14 nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers, resulting in 18 world premiers, (including 10 of her own), 8 Pittsburgh premiers and one USA premier.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited Corning as one of their TOP 50 CREATIVE FORCES IN PITTSBURGH, noting, "she brought with her a certain edge that had been missing on the local dance scene…" In 2007 she was a New Hazlett Theatre honoree for "Women in the Arts: Founders, Pioneers, Instigators," and in 2007 was awarded an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship in Choreography by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

In 2010 she launched CORNINGWORKS, ( a production company for artistic projects and collaborative dancetheater works created in conjunction with seasoned performing artists.


Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine

Tatiana JouravelA native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in 1992. After working with Hartford Ballet from 1992-1994 under direction of Kirk Peterson, and Boston Ballet from 1994-2001 under the direction of Bruce Marks and Anne Marie Holmes, Tatiana worked with Milwaukee Ballet as a Leading Artist from 2003 until 2010 under direction of Michael Pink.

Tatiana's repertoire includes: Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Kitri, Street Dancer and Marcedes inDon Quixote. Odette in Swan Lake. Lucy in Michael Pink's Dracula. Olga in Winter Dreams by Kenneth MacMillan. Titania in Bruce Well’s Midsummer Night's Dream. A title role in Carmen. Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes and Dracula. A principal roles in Raymonda Divertisment and Kingdom of Shades from La Bayadere. Zorema in Le Corsaire. Gulnare in Bournonville’s Abdallah (Tales of Arabian nights). Cinderella in Michael Pink's Cinderella. Tiger Lily in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan. She has danced in Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles. George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade and Symphony in C. Paul Taylor's Company B and Lila York's Celts and Coronach. Ms. Jouravel has also danced in works by Antony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Adam Hougland, Michael Corder, Kirk Peterson and others.

Ms. Jouravel won Grand Prix Prize at the Competition of the Soviet Union Ballet Schools in Minsk, Belorussia in 1992. Ms. Jouravel also won a Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996.

Ms. Jouravel has taught ballet at Boston Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, Georgia Dance of Academy, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (NY), Oak Creek Ballet (IL), and Milwaukee Ballet School. Ms. Jouravel is also a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2003.


Deborah Lohse
April 9-21, 2012

Deborah LohseDeborah Lohse, Artistic Director of ad hoc Ballet, is a classically trained choreographer and dancer from Sacramento, California. Lohse's ballet foundation was provided by Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski and continued with modern under Jean Isaacs, Kevin Wynn and Joe Goode. Her eclectic training also includes theatre, comedy improvisation and ballroom. As a dancer, she has performed with a variety of companies, including The Sacramento Ballet, Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theatre and Monica Bill Barnes & Company.

In California, her ballets were presented at Sushi Visual and Performance Art, Celebrate Dance Festival and Entré Lineas Festival. Jean Isaacs, producer of the Entré Lineas Festival in Tijuana, Mexico, described Lohse as "(having) a lively wit and a deep comedic vein, but also a disturbingly dark vision at times with the impulse of a true dance-maker".

Since relocating to New York City four years ago, her ballets have been called "emotionally driven" (Backstage) "searing and articulate" (Village Voice), and "elastic and fascinating" (Village Voice). With a desire to seek out new music and support living composers, her repertory includes works from Michael Gordon and Radiohead. In New York, her work has appeared in numerous performances in venues ranging from the theater at Florence Gould Hall and the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center to the Synod House at St. John the Divine to the stage of Joe's Pub. Her work can also be found in the repertory of New Chamber Ballet and has been featured in several NYC theater productions

She has received support from the Puffin Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Foundation and been the recipient of artist residencies at Dancenow/NYC Silo Residency and Dance New Amsterdam.


Corrinne Ness
October 10-11, 2011

Corinne Ness is director of music theatre and opera at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where she teaches private voice and music theatre-related courses as well as music education foundations. A performer equally adept at classical and contemporary singing styles, Ness has performed classical, music theatre, contemporary Christian, and bluegrass music in venues across the country. Her students have gone on to professional performance careers, graduate studies in opera and music theatre, and teaching careers. Ms. Ness has lectured on music theatre pedagogy across the United States and China. She has been a featured speaker for a variety of conventions, including the Iowa Music Educator’s Conference (2010), Wisconsin NATS (2010), the Milwaukee Chapter of The Voice Foundation (2009) and two NATS National Conventions (2006, 2008). Ms. Ness has been featured in Classical Singer as a music theatre pedagogue (“Genre Wars” Classical Singer, September 2008; “Deciphering Vocal Training” Classical Singer, July/August 2010). In 2011, Ms. Ness will be an artist in residence at Northern Illinois University. In 2012, Ms. Ness will be a featured speaker for the National Opera Association convention and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Ness previously spent a decade in the public schools, teaching students in grades K- 12. She continues to work with public schools as a guest conductor and curriculum specialist. As Director of School and Community Partnerships for the Music Institute of Chicago, Ms. Ness provides professional development and classroom arts instruction programs to teachers and students in underserved Chicago schools. Ms. Ness holds a B.M. in Choral Music Education from Northern Illinois University, a M.M. in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University, and a certificate in contemporary vocal pedagogy. Ms. Ness will receive her Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy from Loyola University in December, 2011.


Edwin Olvera

Edwin OlveraModern Guest, Edwin Olvera was born in Chicago, raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and discovered Modern Dance at the age of twenty one with no formal dance training while studying to become a Physical Therapy Assistant for the US Army Reserve. While attending UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, he and his twin brother Roberto Olvera took the dance department to ACDFA Nationals Gala, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They performed their duet "Zoom Out" which well received. For the past six years, Edwin traveled the world as a member of Pilobolus Dance Theater. He is also teaches Master Classes/Workshops for the Pilobolus Institute. His most memorable moments working for the company have been in collaborating with Inbal Pinto Dance Company of Israel and master puppeteer Basil Twist of NYC. Edwin has danced in an opera called "Magic Flute" in Parma, Italy. He has appeared in countless television shows and commercials from Sesame Street, Extra, Born to Dance of Israel, NFL Channel, Centrum Multi-vitamin and Head and Shoulders. Edwin has also been featured multiple times in Dancer and Dance Magazines for his performance as a Modern Dancer/Entertainer. His most recent project has been a collaboration with Connecticut artists merging circus arts, modern dance and technology called "The Circuit".


Stephen Petronio Company
November 3-4, 2011

Stephen Petronio CompanyFounded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 15 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Company has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Hebbel Theater/Berlin, Theater Scene National de Sceaux/France, Festival d’Automne a Paris, CNDC Angers/France, The Holland Festival, Festival International Montpellier-Danse, Danceworks UK Ltd, International Cannes Danse Festival, and in the US by San Francisco Performances, The Joyce Theater, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and White Bird, among others.

Over the past year the Company performed at the Barbican Centre in London, England; the Milano Oltre Festival in Milan, Italy; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Albuquerque, NM; and Reno, NV. We look forward to upcoming engagements in Milwaukee, WI; Santa Barbara and Riverside, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Boston, MA; New Orleans, LA; and Durham, NC.


Edward Winslow
October 13-14, 2011

Partnering and Composition Guest, October-November 2011. Edward Winslow holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the winner of the Seidman Award for Excellence in Dance, and a BFA in Dance from UC Irvine. He is Co-Artistic Director, with Christina Briggs, of Incidents Physical Theater, a dance company based in New York City. He toured nationally and internationally from 1990-1996 with Shapiro and Smith Dance, based in New York. In California he danced in the companies of Cliff Keuter (New Dance San Jose) and Jean Isaacs (Three’s Company and Dancers). He is the Resident Choreographer for the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, using larger-than life puppets and masks to create narrated ballets for children. Edward is currently an Aesthetic Education Teaching Artist at the Tilles Center for the Arts in Long Island.


Raphael Xavier
November 14-19, 2011

Raphael XavierRaphael Xavier learned different dancing techniques during his youth. Over time, various influences outside the art form began to shape his approach to the dance. Using these influences as a way to reinvent and add to the existing dance forms, Raphael began to develop his routines in a new and unique way. Some of his accomplishments as a result of training have been:  

  • Co-founder/choreographer for olive Dance Theatre located in Philadelphia, PA.

    Partnering and networking with dance and cultural organizations in Philadelphia and surrounding regions.

  • Training younger dancers and working with various dance companies as a choreographer.

  • Working with Rennie Harris Puremovment as a principal dancer and collaborator.Acting as a panelist for hip hop festivals and a variety of hip hop events.

  • Judging various dance competitions nationally and internationally.

  • Recognized as the 2005 Footwork Champion on the East Coast.

  • Creating a new form/vocabulary called Ground-Core, which pushes the limits of the dance and practitioner.

  • Teaching the Ground-core course at UCLA and in Brazil


David Zambrano
April 6, 2012

David ZambranoDavid Zambrano has been making dance for over 20 years. In his pursuits as both a creator and educator, Zambrano has visited 40 countries, worked with more than 25,000 students, and has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. His pieces range from set choreography, structured improvisation, and pure improvisation. Born in Venezuela, Zambrano spent 15 years in New York, and now lives in Amsterdam continuing to perform and teach worldwide. His improvisation is committed to art as a cultural exchange developing the creative process in a world without borders. Zambrano sees improvisation as an art and choreography as a vehicle to further develop his work in improvisation.

Zambrano’s pursuits as an improviser, choreographer, and performer have been presented all over the world. The most notable examples of his original projects of both solo and group work include: Twelve Flies Went Out at Noon (2005), Barcelona in 48 Hours (2004), The Rabbit Project/Proyecto Conejo (2003), Mandraking (2002), David Zambrano Invites… (2000), Acme (1999), Ballroom (1996), Proyecto: Z (1994), Red Blink (1994), Agua Fuerte (1993), Cancion de Diente (1993), Sabana (1990), Fetiche (1987), and Para Carmen (1984). He also founded the Festival de Danza Postmoderna in Venezuela in 1989 and was its director until 1993.

Zambrano’s methods in improvisation are influenced by the training he teaches around the globe. The most notable method is his Flying Low technique which examines the dancer’s relationship to the floor, earth, and ground. These techniques are very sought after by festivals, dance companies and schools including: Movement Research (New York), American Dance Festival (USA and Japan), PARTS (Belgium), La Caldera (Spain), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez (Belgium), Sasha Waltz and Guests (Germany), New York Dance Intensive (USA), AREA (Spain), The School for New Dance, Development (Holland), Dansens Hus (Denmark), Rosas (Belgium), La Anonima Imperial (Spain), Danza Abierta (Cuba), Danza Combinatoria (Cuba), Retazos (Cuba), Espacio Alterno (Venezuela), Neodanza (Venezuela), Taller de Danza Contemporanea de Caracas (Venezuela).

His performance work has been presented at or by: Movement Research Presenting Series (USA), Dance Theater Workshop (USA), The Kitchen (USA), Festival Aix-en-Provence (France), Tanzwerkstatt Berlin (Germany), Tamperen International Theater Festival (Finland), Improvisation Festival/New York (USA), Primer Taller Internacional de Danza (Cuba), Periferics (Spain), P.S. 122 (USA), CODA (Norway), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Konfrontance (Czech Republic), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (USA), the Whitney Museum (USA), Theater Frascati (Netherlands), and many others.

Past collaborators include: Jennifer Monson, Sasha Waltz, Mark Tompkins, Mat Voorter, Simone Forti, Pooh Kaye, Simone Sandroni, Bill T. Jones, Donald Fleming, Jill Becker, Yoshiko Chuma, Ismael Houston-Jones, Jordi Cortez, Hisako Horikawa, Frans Poelstra, Palle Dyrval, Katie Duck, Michael Moore, Sam Bennett, Robin Holcomb, Yuval Gabay, Guy Yarden, Otto Lechner, Max Nagl, Miguel Noya, Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner, Joelle Leandro, Michael Vatcher, Nuno Rebelo, Misha Mengelberg, Ab Bears, Wilbert De Joode, Tristan Honsinger, Thomas Hauert, Mat Voorter.

He has been the recipient of many grants, awards and fellowships as well as having served on various panels and juries. They include the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Suitcase Fund administered by Dance Theater Workshop with funds by the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Zambrano has been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, and the PARTS school for Contemporary Dance in Brussels. As a recognized artist of merit, he was granted special residency status by the Dutch government.


Ed Burgess
Winterdances: Fate/Love & Loss – February 2012 (Original Choreography/Performance of “Gotta Go”)

Ed Burgess, 1952-2011, lived and worked in Milwaukee since 1989, following several years of touring with Jennifer Muller and the Works (NYC) and teaching internationally in Ireland, Norway and Taiwan. Burgess began his dance training in 1974 at the Houston Academy and then received a scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1975-1977. He joined the Connecticut Dance Theatre in 1977 in Hartford and then moved to New York City in 1979 to join Muller. Burgess then moved to Milwaukee in the 1989 to join the UWM Peck School of the Arts Dance Department as a faculty member, ultimately becoming a full professor and Chair of the Theater and Dance Department in 2002, and became the first chair of the independent Dance Department in 2003. Burgess choreographed, directed or performed with Milwaukee Shakespeare, Wild Space Dance Company, Milwaukee Dance Theater, Your Mother Dances, Milwaukee Ballet, Skylight Opera Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Danceworks, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod, The Hartt School in Hartford, CT., and the Bay View Music Festival on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the 2008-2009 season, he was the Movement Director for the Rep's A Christmas Carol, danced in David Parker's Nutcracked for Your Mother Dances, and co-produced (with Danceworks) an independent project, A Guy Thing, focusing on male dancers in Milwaukee. Most recently, he choreographed "Sin City" for the Dance Department production of Winterdances: Egalite! and a week before he passed away, played an aging Nijinsky in an original performance by Theatre Gigante, called Isadora & Nijinsky. His interests ranged from original work in contemporary dance and performance art to theatre, cabaret, and musical theatre. Burgess was named both "Performer of the Year" (Dance) and "Choreographer of the Year" by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, received the Wisconsin Arts Board Choreographic Fellowship Award and their Independent Project Award. For the Dance Department, he collaborated on and assisted the Department in receiving two DANCE/USA National College Choreography Initiative grants. He was also instrumental in the planning and visioning of the Harmony Initiative, the recent collaborative project with the Milwaukee Ballet, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Peck School. Burgess was on the board of the North Central Region of the American College Dance Festival Association, and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


Emma Draves
American College Dance Festival North Central Conference Adjudication Concert – March 2012 (Choreographer/Performer of “Prelude to Ashes”)

Emma Draves is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer with a boundless interest in searching out what she does not yet understand. After obtaining Dance and Sociology/Anthropology degrees from Denison University, Emma lived for a short while in New York City - studying with Jacklyn Villamil and Oliver Steele and working as an archivist for the fabulous Ballets Trockadero. Since, Draves has settled in Chicago with Mordine & Company Dance Theatre and Natya Dance Theatre. Side projects have allowed her the experience of performing in Lookingglass Theatre’s production of Sita Ram, collaborating with Victory Gardens’ production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and dancing for Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Orchestra in the duet, Yanzi. For 2010, she will be undertaking a solo project, Duel with an Orchid, as a Links Hall Resident. Dedicated to the art of technique and creative process, Emma is on faculty at the Dance Center of La Grange and has set choreography on several local schools.


Joe Fransee
Winterdances: Fate/Love & Loss – February 2012 (Reconstructor of “Gotta Go” by Ed Burgess)

Joe returns to the UW-Milwaukee Dance Department with the great honor of restaging Gotta Go, a piece originally choreographed by Ed Burgess and Brian Jeffery. A Milwaukee native, he has appeared with a variety of companies throughout the region such as American Folklore Theatre, The Skylight Opera, In Tandem Theatre, Boulevard Theatre, Off The Wall Theatre, Windfall Theatre, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. As both dancer and choreographer, he has worked with Danceworks, Wildspace Dance Company, UW-Milwaukee’s Music Department, and Theatre Gigante.  Joe is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.


Brian Jeffery
Winterdances: Fate/Love & Loss – February 2012 (Original Choreography/Performance of “Gotta Go”)

Brian Jeffery hails from Chicago where he was active in the city's performing arts communities for over twenty years. He has previously served on faculty at Northwestern University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As artistic director of XSIGHT! Performance Group for fifteen years his vision of exploring the amalgamation of theater, dance and the visual arts, has been consistently recognized by popular and critical acclaim. Jeffery created over fifty original multidisciplinary works for XSIGHT! and toured throughout the U.S. as well as Australia, Egypt, Cyprus, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Jeffery has premiered work on numerous professional companies, notably Danz Abierta of Havana at the National Theater of Cuba, Trinity Irish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater New York City, Ghana Dance Ensemble in West Africa, and Lucky Plush Productions in Chicago. Jeffery's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Artists Abroad, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and several UAA Faculty Development Grants. Jeffery has been twice honored with the Chicago Dance Coalition's Ruth Page Award for "Outstanding Choreography of the Year".


Heidi Latsky 
Winterdances: Fate/Love & Loss – February 2012 (reconstructor for Arnie Zane)

Heidi LatskyHeidi Latsky (Artistic Director) has been a moving force in the dance world for many years, as a choreographer for stage, theater and film. Latsky began her amazing career as the "Disco Queen" of Montreal, forming her first dance revue company, Footlite Dance Theater, in 1982. After moving to New York City in 1983, Latsky initially received recognition as a celebrated principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance (1987-1993). She became a nationally renowned choreographer through her collaboration with Lawrence Goldhuber in the critically acclaimed duo Goldhuber & Latsky (1993-2000). In 2001, Latsky formed the New York-based modern dance company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD), to critical acclaim. Her work and company have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing regularly at preeminent venues and festivals such as Jacob's Pillow, Steps Festival (Switzerland), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art/PICA, Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAM, Danceworks (Toronto), Espace Tangente (Montreal), Cannes International Festival de Danse (France), Dance Umbrella (Boston), Bryn Mawr College (PA), the Duke on 42nd Street (produced by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center), Central Park Summerstage (New York), Symphony Space (New York), Danceworks Theatre (WI), Long Island University (New York), SUNY Purchase, and Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival.     

In addition to creating more than fifteen works for Heidi Latsky Dance, Latsky has been commissioned to create new work by the Cannes International Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater: Altogether Different Festival, Performance Space 122, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, Danspace Project @ St. Marks Church, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Teatro Libero Palermo, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Montana Transport Company, Pennsylvania Dance Theater and Li Chiao-Ping Dance. She has also created work for solo artists including Gus Solomons Jr, Maxine Sherman, Janet Lilly, Michael Thomas, Li Chiao Ping, among others.

For more than 20 years, Latsky has used her innovative teaching practice and philosophy, The Latsky Method, in sharing movement to encourage insight and healing. She has incorporated this method in her teaching residencies at several institutions including Skidmore College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Connecticut College, Roger Williams University, Bryn Mawr University, Drew University, Frostburg University, Rutgers University, Purdue University and Point Park College. Latsky headed the Movement Department at The School for Film and Television in NYC from 1998-2005.

Latsky has served on the Artist Advisory Board of Danspace Project for over 10 years and is a member of the Dancer's Forum as well as the Society for Arts in Healthcare. She has been a judge at numerous ACDFA conferences and served on panels including the Pew Charitable Trust, the American Dance Guild and the Omega: Women and Power Conference. She annually curates a "Food for Thought" show at Danspace Project, which benefits the AIDS Service Center, NYC. At the 2003 American Dance Guild Conference Legacy: Dancebuilders of the 20th Century, she spoke about Bill T. Jones and performed at their gala event held at Symphony Space.

In 1997, Goldhuber & Latsky received the prestigious Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamaris Fellowship for Choreography. In 1994, she was chosen to represent Canada at the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition in Tel Aviv and again in 1996, at Danse a Lille, France. She was the 2000 recipient of the McGinnis Lectureship Award from Point Park College. In 2001, she was a recipient of a project residency through the Joyce Theater Foundation.

In the 2004-05 season, she was the choreographer for the Academy Award nominated Katja Esson's film "A Season of Madness"; she directed and collaborated with singer/actress Susan Murphy on her musical revue "Girl/Group" at The Marquee, NYC; she performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at BAM and at New York City Center in roles she originated 16 years ago; she collaborated with director Mary Fulham on a three week run of "Balletto Stiletto" at La MaMa ETC (NYC) which was nominated for an IT Award for Best Performance Art Production 2005; and premiered CLUB RIOT at La Mama's The Club with a two week run.

Heidi Latsky has been nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography/movement for Mary Fulham's TROPHY WIFE that was presented at La Mama's Annex Theater April, 2007. She will be continuing her collaboration with Mary Fulham in the fall 2007.

The Latsky Method and her "Movement Portraits in Action" workshops have been taught internationally over the past 10 years. In 2007, she received an LMCC grant to work with the AIDS Service Center of NYC with a final performance at Danspace Project and recently received another grant to conduct the workshop with the Creative Center.

Heidi Latsky Dance was a recipient of a 2001 project residency through the Joyce Theater Foundation, a 2006 rehearsal residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and a residency at the Abrons Arts Center, 2009 whereGIMP premiered. In 2010, Heidi was the Artist in Residence at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan where she created IF with a 20-person cast of mixed-ability performers.


Juliana May
Danceworks MFA Thesis – July 2012 (Choreographer)

Juliana F. May, a New York City native, started MAYDANCE in 2002. Recently commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater (Queens, NY) to create Discrete Body Dilemma (April 2009), May has also been produced by Joyce SoHo, Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam, The Catch Series and Dance Theater Workshop. May’s work has also been featured in dance festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including a commission by the International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.) in Chicago, Illinois and The Repertory Project, a Cleveland-based company. In October of 2007, Dance Theater Workshop sent May to Athens, Greece for the Balkan Dance Platform. May was one of two artists selected to travel to Greece with full support from the Suitcase Fund. Development of new work takes place in New York City, where the company is based. May is currently an adjunct Professor of dance at Barnard College of Columbia University and this spring the company will be in Residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange for six months. May’s newest evening-length work premiered in the spring of 2011 at Dance Theater Workshop.


Colleen Thomas
Dance New Work Award Winner – Summerdances: Destiny/Chance & Circumstances

thomas_colleenColleen Thomas is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. She began her professional career with the Miami Ballet and went on to work with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and The Kevin Wynn Collection among others. In 1997 a creative collaboration with Bill Young evolved into an intimate company focused on rigorous physicality and dynamic partnering. Their work has been seen throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and South America. Now interested in focusing on illuminating her vision of contemporary work, Thomas has formed ColleenThomasDance. Thomas has presented her work in Hong Kong, Estonia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Russia and in New York at Joyce Soho, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, The Miller Theater, Danny K. Playhouse, and The Kumble Arts Center, as well as at Cal State Long Beach, University of Maryland, Connecticut College, Ursinus College, East Carolina University, and Minneapolis at the Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and The New Guthrie. Thomas received her BA in psychology from SUNY Empire State College and her MFA in Dance from University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, The New School, Barnard College, Skidmore College, and Bates College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.


Arnie Zane
Winterdances: Fate/Love & Loss – February 2012

Arnie Zane (1948-1988) was a native New Yorker born in the Bronx and educated at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. In 1971, Arnie Zane and Bill T. Jones began their long collaboration in choreography and in 1973 formed the American Dance Asylum in Binghamton with Lois Welk. Mr. Zane’s first recognition in the arts came as a photographer when he received a Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Fellowship in 1973. Mr. Zane was the recipient of a second CAPS Fellowship in 1981 for choreography, as well as two Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1983 and 1984). In 1980, Mr. Zane was co-recipient, with Bill T. Jones, of the German Critics Award for his work, Blauvelt Mountain. Rotary Action, a duet with Mr. Jones, was filmed for television, co-produced by WGBH-TV Boston and Channel 4 in London. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater commissioned a new work from Mr. Zane and Bill T. Jones, How to Walk an Elephant, which premiered at Wolftrap in August 1985. Mr. Zane (along with Mr. Jones) received a 1985-86 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for the project. Continuous Replay: The Photographs of Arnie Zane was published by MIT Press in April 1999.